Friday, June 17, 11:30am-8pm: Filibuster #2 by Alicia Grullón
For this live re-enactment of Senator Bernie Sanders' Bush Tax Cuts filibuster, the interdisciplinary artist will follow strict filibustering rules: continual speaking, no bathroom break, no sitting or leaning and no eating or drinking until the 8.5-hour performance is complete.
Drop In Activity also on Friday, June 17: Make your own political button while supplies last. This event is part of the Etsy Craft Party taking place in the neighborhood.
Please let us know if you're coming. Registration is not required but encouraged.
Saturday, June 18, 4-6pm, Saturday and Sunday during the run of show, 2-6pm: Campaign Office, performance/installation by Jeremy D. Olson
Campaign Office creates new presidential candidates. Visitors are invited to launch their campaign by announcing their candidacy on camera, and will receive the paperwork necessary to be an official candidate for president.
Wednesday, July 27, 7pm: Art and Propaganda co-presented by Smack Mellon and Hyperallergic
What differentiates propaganda from art? This conversation will probe historic propaganda imagery, its connection to today, and the role it plays in raising social consciousness and awareness for issues often overlooked by governments, institutions, and society. Moderated by Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief and co-founder Hrag Vartanian, in conversation with Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at NYU Miriam M. Basilio; artist and half of Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!) Sue Schaffner, artist Daniel Bejar, who is part of the Of the people exhibition.
Miriam M. Basilio is the Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at NYU who specializes in Spanish Civil War-era propaganda, and she wrote 'Visual Propaganda, Exhibitions, and the Spanish Civil War.’
Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary artist living. He is currently a 2015 fellow in Interdisciplinary Work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, while also participating in the Abrons AIRspace residency program and The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program
Sue Schaffner is a New York City–based photographer and part of the public-art duo DYKE ACTION MACHINE! (DAM!), which she founded with painter Carrie Moyer in 1991. DAM! has participated in over 40 exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. Two DAM! projects, “Lesbian Americans: Don’t Sell Out” and “Do You Love The Dyke In Your Life?,” are included in Agitprop! currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Schaffner’s photography work has been widely published under the alias GIRL RAY and has appeared in Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, People, Esquire, Wired, and Glamour, among others. She was one of the first recipients of the Creative Capital Foundation grant and regularly serves as an artist consultant in their professional development workshops.
Hrag Vartanian is the editor-in-chief and cofounder of Hyperallergic. He has lectured about contemporary art, performance, postcolonialism, politics, and visual culture at art museums and colleges across the country.
Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8pm: Silkscreen Workshop by Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine
Come to Smack Mellon to make your own political poster copy. The evening includes a screening of the Democratic National Convention when the party’s nominee accepts.
Saturday-Sunday, July 30-31: T.RUMP Bus
The t.Rutt artist team purchased Donald Trump’s actual campaign bus on Craigslist in the fall of 2015. Since being recast by artists Mary Mihelic & David Gleeson as an anti-Trump rolling art project, it has traveled across the United States during the election season, creating a platform for responding to the GOP nominee’s outrageous statements and behaviors. All the original Trump campaign artwork remains on the bus but it has been artistically altered and transformed into the T.RUMP Bus. The T.RUMP Bus is a non-partisan contemporary artwork.
We are offering special members-only tours of inside of the T.RUMP Bus. Join today and support Smack Mellon! Become a member by clicking here.
Sunday, July 31, 3pm: Martha Wilson as Donald Trump – Politics and Performance Art Are One and the Same
Martha Wilson embodies her trademark “invasions” of other people’s personae. This is the premier of Wilson's performance as The Donald.
Immediately following performance: Community practices: Art and Intervention Panel Discussion
Select artists discuss their projects of social and political consequence. Participants include Isabella Cruz-Chong, Brooklyn, New York; Alicia Grullón, Bronx, New York; lead artist Kate Sopko, Cleveland, Ohio who will be joined by Maria Miranda, Cleveland, Ohio, a fixer from her project; moderated by Erin Donnelly.
Closing Reception: 4-6pm
New York State voter registration will be conducted Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm.